Design & Home

Shaw Rowhouse for Under $600,000

There's just one catch: Two murder victims were found on the property.

It’s nearly impossible to find an updated, single-family home in a trendy Northwest DC neighborhood for under $600,000. But this one, on Eighth Street, just around the corner from the Shaw Metro stop, could be yours for $595,000, as reported earlier by PopVille. Bargain-hunters just have to look past the fact that two murder victims were found on the property last spring. The first body was discovered in the attic on June 12; the second was unearthed from a shallow grave in the backyard. The 21-year-old Jeffrey Bernard Neal was charged with second-degree murder. He and the two victims had been roommates in the house.

Grisly histories haven’t prevented buyers from snapping up other District properties. For instance, 1509 Swann Street, Northwest—the scene of one of Washington’s most infamous unsolved crimes, the murder of lawyer Robert Wone—has sold twice since Wone’s death in 2006.

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Senior Editor

Marisa M. Kashino joined Washingtonian in 2009 as a staff writer, and became a senior editor in 2014. She was previously a reporter for Legal Times and the National Law Journal. She has recently written about the Marriott family’s civil war and the 50-year rebirth of 14th Street, and reported the definitive oral history of the Lorena and John Wayne Bobbitt case. She lives in Northeast DC with her husband, two dogs, and two cats.